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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110447/hemispheric-lateralization-of-resting-state-functional-connectivity-of-the-ventral-striatum-an-exploratory-study
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Sheng Zhang, Sien Hu, Herta H Chao, Chiang-Shan R Li
Resting-state functional connectivity (rsFC) is widely used to examine cerebral functional organization. The ventral striatum (VS) is critical to motivated behavior, with extant studies suggesting functional hemispheric asymmetry. The current work investigated differences in rsFC between the left (L) and right (R) VS and explored gender differences in the extent of functional lateralization. In 106 adults, we computed a laterality index (fcLI) to query whether a target region shows greater or less connectivity to the L vs R VS...
January 21, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110422/interventions-for-neurocognitive-dysfunction
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REVIEW
Jacqueline Ellero, Michal Lubomski, Bruce Brew
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This study aimed to evaluate current barriers to HIV cure strategies and interventions for neurocognitive dysfunction with a particular focus on recent advancements over the last 3 years. RECENT FINDINGS: Optimal anti-retroviral therapy (ART) poses challenges to minimise neurotoxicity, whilst ensuring blood-brain barrier penetration and minimising the risk of cerebrovascular disease. CSF biomarkers, BCL11B and neurofilament light chain may be implicated with a neuroinflammatory cascade leading to cognitive impairment...
January 21, 2017: Current HIV/AIDS Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109920/myocardial-blood-flow-and-inflammatory%C3%A2-cardiac-sarcoidosis
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Matthew J Kruse, Lara Kovell, Edward K Kasper, Martin G Pomper, David R Moller, Lilja Solnes, Edward S Chen, Thomas H Schindler
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to evaluate the effects of inflammatory sarcoid disease on coronary circulatory function and the response to immune-suppressive treatment. BACKGROUND: Although positron emission tomography assessment of myocardial inflammation is increasingly applied to identify active cardiac sarcoidosis, its effect on coronary flow and immune-suppressive treatment remains to be characterized. METHODS: Thirty-two individuals who were referred for positron emission tomography/computed tomography were evaluated for known or suspected cardiac sarcoidosis applying (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose to determine inflammation and (13)N-ammonia to assess for perfusion deficits following a high-fat/low-carbohydrate diet and fasting state >12 h to suppress myocardial glucose uptake...
January 11, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109669/different-alterations-in-brain-functional-networks-according-to-direct-and-indirect-topological-connections-in-patients-with-schizophrenia
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Chang-Hyun Park, Seungyup Lee, Taewon Kim, Wang Yeon Won, Kyoung-Uk Lee
Schizophrenia displays connectivity deficits in the brain, but the literature has shown inconsistent findings about alterations in global efficiency of brain functional networks. We supposed that such inconsistency at the whole brain level may be due to a mixture of different portions of global efficiency at sub-brain levels. Accordingly, we considered measuring portions of global efficiency in two aspects: spatial portions by considering sub-brain networks and topological portions by considering contributions to global efficiency according to direct and indirect topological connections...
January 18, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109295/a-randomised-active-and-placebo-controlled-three-period-crossover-trial-to-investigate-short-term-effects-of-the-dipeptidyl-peptidase-4-inhibitor-linagliptin-on-macro-and-microvascular-endothelial-function-in-type-2-diabetes
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Thomas Jax, Alin Stirban, Arne Terjung, Habib Esmaeili, Andreas Berk, Sandra Thiemann, Robert Chilton, Maximilian von Eynatten, Nikolaus Marx
BACKGROUND: Studies of dipeptidyl peptidase (DPP)-4 inhibitors report heterogeneous effects on endothelial function in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D). This study assessed the effects of the DPP-4 inhibitor linagliptin versus the sulphonylurea glimepiride and placebo on measures of macro- and microvascular endothelial function in patients with T2D who represented a primary cardiovascular disease prevention population. METHODS: This crossover study randomised T2D patients (n = 42) with glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) ≤7...
January 21, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108496/connectivity-of-the-cingulate-sulcus-visual-area-csv-in-the-human-cerebral-cortex
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Andrew T Smith, Anton L Beer, Michele Furlan, Rogier B Mars
The human cingulate sulcus visual area (CSv) responds selectively to visual and vestibular cues to self-motion. Although it is more selective for visual self-motion cues than any other brain region studied, it is not known whether CSv mediates perception of self-motion. An alternative hypothesis, based on its location, is that it provides sensory information to the motor system for use in guiding locomotion. To evaluate this hypothesis we studied the connectivity pattern of CSv, which is completely unknown, with a combination of diffusion MRI and resting-state functional MRI...
January 19, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108494/the-rich-club-organization-in-rat-functional-brain-network-to-balance-between-communication-cost-and-efficiency
#7
Xia Liang, Li-Ming Hsu, Hanbing Lu, Akira Sumiyoshi, Yong He, Yihong Yang
Network analyses of structural connectivity in the brain have highlighted a set of highly connected hubs that are densely interconnected, forming a "rich-club" substrate in diverse species. Here, we demonstrate the existence of rich-club organization in functional brain networks of rats. Densely interconnected rich-club regions are found to be distributed in multiple brain modules, with the majority located within the putative default mode network. Rich-club members exhibit high wiring cost (as measured by connection distance) and high metabolic running cost (as surrogated by cerebral blood flow), which may have evolved to achieve high network communications to support efficient brain functions...
January 19, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108320/modulation-on-brain-gray-matter-activity-and-white-matter-integrity-by-apoe-%C3%AE%C2%B54-risk-gene-in-cognitively-intact-elderly-a-multimodal-neuroimaging-study
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Suping Cai, Yuanyuan Jiang, Yubo Wang, Xiaoming Wu, Junchan Ren, Min Seob Lee, Sunghoon Lee, Liyu Huang
Apolipoprotein E (APOE) ε4 allele is the genetic risk factor with the most established evidence for sporadic Alzheimer's disease. Previous neuroimaging studies have demonstrated insufficiently consistent functional and structural changes among healthy APOE ε4 carriers when compared to non-carriers. Here, in a cognitively intact elderly group (a total of 110: 45 APOE ε4 carriers, 65 non-carriers), we aimed to investigate the potential role of APOE ε4 in the modulation of grey matter activity, white matter integrity, and brain morphology before the development of clinically significant symptoms and signs, by methods of: amplitude of low frequency fluctuations and regional homogeneity analysis based on resting state fMRI, and fiber tractography approach based on diffusion tensor imaging...
January 17, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108204/the-dietary-approaches-to-stop-hypertension-diet-cognitive-function-and-cognitive-decline-in-american-older-women
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Agnes A M Berendsen, Jae H Kang, Ondine van de Rest, Edith J M Feskens, Lisette C P G M de Groot, Francine Grodstein
OBJECTIVES: To examine the association between long-term adherence to the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet with cognitive function and decline in older American women. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: The Nurses' Health Study, a cohort of registered nurses residing in 11 US states. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 16,144 women from the Nurses' Health Study, aged ≥70 years, who underwent cognitive testing a total of 4 times by telephone from 1995 to 2001 (baseline), with multiple dietary assessments between 1984 and the first cognitive examination...
January 17, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107890/affective-impairment-in-chronic-low-blood-pressure
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Stefan Duschek, Alexandra Hoffmann, Gustavo A Reyes Del Paso
OBJECTIVE: Physical complaints such as faintness, dizziness, cold limbs and headaches have been well-established in chronic low blood pressure (hypotension). This study investigated the occurrence of adverse emotional states and the symptoms of depression in this condition. As autonomic dysregulation, particularly diminished sympathetic tone, is believed to be involved in the etiology of hypotension, the impact of different facets of autonomic cardiovascular control on mood and depressive symptoms was also explored...
February 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107807/continuous-theta-burst-stimulation-may-improve-visuospatial-neglect-via-modulating-the-attention-network-a-randomized-controlled-study
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Wei Fu, Lei Cao, Yanming Zhang, Su Huo, JuBao Du, Lin Zhu, Weiqun Song
BACKGROUND: Visuospatial neglect (VSN) is devastating and common after stroke, and is thought to involve functional disturbance of the attention network. Non-invasive theta-burst stimulation (TBS) may help restore the normal function of attention network, therefore facilitating recovery from VSN. OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the effects of continuous TBS on resting-state functional connectivity (RSFC) in the attention network, and behavioral performances of patients with VSN after stroke...
January 20, 2017: Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107446/amygdala-atrophy-and-its-functional-disconnection-with-the-cortico-striatal-pallidal-thalamic-circuit-in-major-depressive-disorder-in-females
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Jie Yang, Yingying Yin, Connie Svob, Jun Long, Xiaofu He, Yuqun Zhang, Zhi Xu, Lei Li, Jie Liu, Jian Dong, Zuping Zhang, Zhishun Wang, Yonggui Yuan
BACKGROUND: Major depressive disorder (MDD) is approximately twice as common in females than males. Furthermore, female patients with MDD tend to manifest comorbid anxiety. Few studies have explored the potential anatomical and functional brain changes associated with MDD in females. Therefore, the purpose of the present study was to investigate the anatomical and functional changes underlying MDD in females, especially within the context of comorbid anxiety. METHODS: In this study, we recruited antidepressant-free females with MDD (N = 35) and healthy female controls (HC; N = 23)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107346/decreased-functional-connectivity-of-insular-cortex-in-drug-na%C3%A3-ve-first-episode-schizophrenia-in-relation-to-symptom-severity
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Lijuan Pang, David Kennedy, Qinling Wei, Luxian Lv, Jinsong Gao, Hong Li, Meina Quan, Xue Li, Yongfeng Yang, Xiaoduo Fan, Xueqin Song
BACKGROUND: This study was to examine the insular cortical functional connectivity in drug naïve patients with first episode schizophrenia and to explore the relationship between the connectivity and the severity of clinical symptoms. METHODS: Thirty-seven drug naïve patients with schizophrenia and 25 healthy controls were enrolled in this study. A seed-based approach was used to analyze the resting-state functional imaging data. Insular cortical connectivity maps were bilaterally extracted for group comparison and validated by voxel-based morphometry (VBM) analysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106611/time-course-of-copeptin-during-a-model-of-experimental-pain-and-hyperalgesia-a-randomised-volunteer-crossover-trial
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Eckhard Mauermann, Claudine A Blum, Giovanna Lurati Buse, Oliver Bandschapp, Wilhelm Ruppen
BACKGROUND: A reliable biomarker for quantifying pain or hyperalgesia has yet to be found. A surrogate marker of arginine vasopressin, copeptin, is elevated in a number of states of physiological and psychological stress and may have a role in quantifying pain and/or hyperalgesia. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate copeptin as a biomarker for pain or hyperalgesia developing after 120 min of sustained electrical stimulation. DESIGN: Secondary analysis of a randomised, double-blinded, crossover trial...
January 19, 2017: European Journal of Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104737/cerebral-blood-flow-alterations-specific-to-auditory-verbal-hallucinations-in-schizophrenia
#15
Chuanjun Zhuo, Jiajia Zhu, Wen Qin, Hongru Qu, Xiaolei Ma, Chunshui Yu
BACKGROUND: Auditory verbal hallucinations (AVHs) have been associated with deficits in auditory and speech-related networks. However, the resting-state cerebral blood flow (CBF) alterations specific to AVHs in schizophrenia remain unknown. AIMS: To explore AVH-related CBF alterations in individuals with schizophrenia. METHOD: In total, 35 individuals with schizophrenia with AVHs, 41 individuals with schizophrenia without AVHs and 50 controls underwent arterial spin labelling magnetic resonance imaging...
January 19, 2017: British Journal of Psychiatry: the Journal of Mental Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104639/hippocampal-atrophy-is-associated-with-altered-hippocampus-posterior-cingulate-cortex-connectivity-in-mesial-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-with-hippocampal-sclerosis
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Y C Shih, C E Tseng, F-H Lin, H H Liou, W Y I Tseng
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Unilateral mesial temporal lobe epilepsy and hippocampal sclerosis have structural and functional abnormalities in the mesial temporal regions. To gain insight into the pathophysiology of the epileptic network in mesial temporal lobe epilepsy with hippocampal sclerosis, we aimed to clarify the relationships between hippocampal atrophy and the altered connection between the hippocampus and the posterior cingulate cortex in patients with mesial temporal lobe epilepsy with hippocampal sclerosis...
January 19, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104431/abnormal-regional-spontaneous-neuronal-activity-associated-with-symptom-severity-in-treatment-naive-patients-with-obsessive-compulsive-disorder-revealed-by-resting-state-functional-mri
#17
Linlin Qiu, Xiangshuai Fu, Shuai Wang, Qunfeng Tang, Xingui Chen, Lin Cheng, Fuquan Zhang, Zhenhe Zhou, Lin Tian
A large number of neuroimaging studies have revealed the dysfunction of brain activities in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) during various tasks. However, regional spontaneous activity abnormalities in OCD are gradually being revealed. In this current study, we aimed to investigate cerebral regions with abnormal spontaneous activity using resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and further explored the relationship between the spontaneous neuronal activity and symptom severity of patients with OCD...
January 16, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103527/distinct-cortico-striatal-connections-with-subthalamic-nucleus-underlie-facets-of-compulsivity
#18
Laurel S Morris, Kwangyeol Baek, Valerie Voon
The capacity to flexibly respond to contextual changes is crucial to adapting to a dynamic environment. Compulsivity, or behavioural inflexibility, consists of heterogeneous subtypes with overlapping yet discrete neural substrates. The subthalamic nucleus (STN) mediates the switch from automatic to controlled processing to slow, break or stop behaviour when necessary. Rodent STN lesions or inactivation are linked with perseveration or repetitive, compulsive responding. However, there are few studies examining the role of latent STN-centric neural networks and compulsive behaviour in healthy individuals...
December 29, 2016: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101937/methods-of-anorectal-manometry-vary-widely-in-clinical-practice-results-from-an-international-survey
#19
E V Carrington, H Heinrich, C H Knowles, S S Rao, M Fox, S M Scott
BACKGROUND: Ano-rectal manometry (ARM) is the most commonly performed investigation for assessment of anorectal dysfunction. Its use is supported by expert consensus documents and international guidelines. Variation in technology, data acquisition, and analysis affect results and clinical interpretation. This study examined variation in ARM between institutions to establish the status of current practice. METHODS: A 50-item web-based questionnaire assessing analysis and interpretation of ARM was distributed by the International Anorectal Physiology Working Group via societies representing practitioners that perform ARM...
January 18, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101562/effects-of-wheelchair-propulsion-on-neuropathic-pain-and-resting-electroencephalography-after-spinal-cord-injury
#20
Gosuke Sato, Michihiro Osumi, Shu Morioka
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effects of wheelchair propulsion on neuropathic pain and to examine resting electroencephalography pre- and post-wheelchair propulsion after spinal cord injury. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. PARTICIPANTS: Eleven individuals with spinal cord injury and pain and 10 healthy controls. METHODS: Single-session 15-min wheelchair propulsion and measurement of resting electroence-phalography. Effects of wheelchair propulsion were investigated using numerical rating scale (NRS) for neuropathic pain and short-form Profile of Mood States-Brief for mood...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
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